April 21st 2013 was a very exciting day for crafters in Bangalore as Itsy Bitsy, the hobby and craft Megastore was opening its third branch in the city. Located in OMBR Layout, Banaswadi, the store was stocked and packed with the choicest craft supplies, a virtual treasure trove of crafty treasures. As far as I'm concerned there is no better way to spend a Sunday so naturally I spent the entire day at the new store!!
Rashmi and Harish Closepet, the brains, brawn and drive behind the Itsy Bitsy venture were at the door to greet each and every visitor and there were close to 3000 of them. A little gift box containing a laddu was presented to all guests and as the browsing began, the cash counters got busy! 2 additional cash counters were created outside the store to manage the demand.
The Itsy Bitsy Creative team was at work conducting craft workshops all through the day and everywhere you looked, crafters young and old were proudly walking away with their freshly made projects, created during the workshops.
As evening drew near, the crowd only got bigger! So much so, that we had to step out of the store to allow the shoppers some space to shop! You could see eyes widening as they found literally EVERYTHING they could think of - from dies, to embossing folders, to embellishments, to pearls, to beads, to art supplies to party supplies and quilling - everything under the sun was in front of them to buy.
On a personal note, I had a really great time at the grand opening. I spent most of they day doing demos of the die cutting machine and foam cutter. I was thrilled to finally meet dear blogger friends like Tanvi Shah of Paper Fantasee, Dr. Sonia of Cards and School Projects and Juhi Khanna of Juhi's Handmade Cards. Sonia and Juhi even brought their little girls and that was a special treat as I've read and heard so much about them! I was able to show my husband, parents, in-laws, brother and sister-in laws this amazing franchise that I've been associated with for some time now and of course get some craft kits for my son who is bored out of his mind this summer!
It was all in all a very exciting, stimulating and exhausting day. We are so thrilled to have the support of so many people and we look forward to your continued support in this journey!